Tennis: Maria Sharapova still upset with Wimbledon

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maria-sharapova-wimbledonJuly 3, Wimbledon: Maria Sharapova is still angry with the grass of Wimbledon for the fifth time in six years, the Russian, eliminated Monday in the fourth round by Germany’s Sabine Lisicki, will not be part of the last eight contenders to win in the tournament who proved in 2004. Main victim of a day still heavily disrupted by rain, Sharapova arrived yet full of confidence in London, after her success three weeks ago at Roland Garros in the last major championship that was missing from her list, on the surface a priori less suited to her game.

Last year, she beat Lisicki in the semifinals before failing for the title against Czech Petra Kvitova. This time, the German, N.15 World, has done a little better than she, in a similar style of cogneuse powerful serve and forehand. “She played extremely well. Let’s face it,” said the Russian, without discussion beaten 6-4, 6-3.

Sharapova will lose in this misadventure instead of No.1 world she had to get to Paris. The beneficiary will be the Belarussian Victoria Azarenka, world No.2, is Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska, N.3, depending on their route.

These two young players of 23 years could have a bright future in the tournament as the top half, that of Radwanska, is quite depopulated while the other two stars of the lower part, Kvitova and Serena Williams, who will compete in the quarter, do not appear at the top of their game.

The Czech and American had indeed fight three sets to overcome Italy’s Francesca Schiavone, though not a great expert on grass, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1, and the Kazakh Yaroslava Shvedova, 65th World, 6-1, 2-6, 7-5.

The female knockout could all finish before the rain, the other being the skilled German Angelique Kerber, Russia’s Maria Kirilenko and Austrian Tamira Paszek.

In men, however, we know only three quarters of finalist Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Mikhail Youzhny. The Swiss had a few scares, not because of his tennis as he defeated the veteran Belgian Xavier Malisse with a lot of control in four sets 7-6 (7/1), 6-1, 4-6, 6 – 3, but due to the awakening of back pain who pursue it since May.

The six-time Wimbledon champion was forced to withdraw twice the center court, where matches were continued through the retractable roof, go for a massage and take painkillers.

No undue concern, however, for the champion Helvetian, convinced he’ll be fine Wednesday to face Youzhny, an opponent he has always fought in thirteen matches. “I often had back pain during my career. It passes as quickly as it happens,” he said.

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